College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures offers the B.A. degree and Minor in German Studies as well as the M.A. and Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures. Courses explore diverse perspectives on the language, culture, literature, history, and art of German-speaking Europe. Foci of our offerings include second-language acquisition in German (research in applied linguistics and teaching) and German dialects in the US in our graduate program, with German literature and culture of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Our undergraduate program also features a series of courses in business German.

The Department's activities are enriched by support from the Max Kade Foundation, which provides fellowships for graduate students and helps maintain the Max Kade Center on campus, as well as the sister-city relationship between Lawrence and Eutin, Germany. The Department also cultivates relationships with numerous campus units, e.g., the School of Business, European Studies, Philosophy, Humanities & Western Civilization, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre, and other other language & literature departments. Collaboration with the Spencer Museum of Art, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is another significant aspect of our department's intellectual life.

We invite you to explore our web site and learn more about our department, our faculty, our courses, and what makes our department special.

Undergraduate News

At our Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2014, six students became members of Gamma Pi, KU's reactivated chapter of the Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society. Delta Phi Alpha seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. New members (left to right) are Laura Bondank, Thomas Morrison, Zachary Hader, and Joshua McMullen. Not shown are Sara Anderson, who is studying in Germany this semester, and Joshua Lodoly, who could not attend because he had a job interview. Congratulations to our outstanding students!


Graduate Student News

Congratulations to Joe Cunningham! Joe, who successfully defended his dissertation on April 16, has accepted an Assistant Professor position in Georgetown University's German Department. He will teach German language and culture to undergraduate students, mentor graduate student teachers, and pursue research in applied linguistics, specifically online intercultural exchange, teacher education, task-based teaching and learning, and acquisition of professional German.

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Have a look at this Spiegel article featuring Prof. Sigrid Nieberle, who was our Max Kade Visiting Professor in Spring 2013.
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